Haunted by 2009 election result controversy, Chidambaram attacks Modi

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Chennai, April 17: It seems that haunted by 2009 Lok Sabha election result controversy, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram finally lost his cool at Narendra Modi and slammed the Gujarat Chief Minister.

Reacting strongly against Modi's "recounting minister" jibe, Chidambaram called the latter an "encounter chief minister." Slamming Modi, Chidambaram said, "He (Modi) makes many false claims, I can also call him 'encounter CM."

Without taking the finance minister's name, Modi taunted Chidambaram. The prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), during an election rally in Tamil Nadu, had said, "UPA government has a recounting minister. He lost (the election) but won in recounting. He is from Tamil Nadu. He thinks he was the first in the queue when God was distributing knowledge."

UPA minister lost (the election) but won in recounting: Modi

Chidambaram's statement on Modi seems to be a reference from the allegations against Modi's close aide Amit Shah. Modi government was under scanner following allegation of staging fake encounter by Shah and his associates.

What is 2009 election results controversy?

Chidambaram won election from Sivaganga Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil Nadu in the 2009 general election. The confusion occurred when on May 16, 2009, news agencies had reported that AIADMK candidate, RS Raja Kannappan had won the election.

However, late in the night, Chidambaram was declared winner by a margin of 3,354 votes after 21 rounds of counting. Later, it was reported that the pace of counting was not uniform at the different tables. Some tables were ahead of the others by a couple of rounds.

Thus, while the counting process was still on at some tables, some other tables had completed the process, allowing election agents to come out and announce the end of the process. Kannappan was actually in the lead when this happened, and AIADMK workers assumed that he had won.

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